The Oglethorpe University Theatre is kicking off a new season with a production of a Shakespeare classic, “The Tempest”. One of the Bard’s final plays, “The Tempest” is a fantastical tale of magic, mystery, love, power and control.
The play tells the story of Prospero, a gifted magician and the usurped Duke of Milan, as he flees to a remote island with his young daughter, Miranda. Using his abilities, Prospero captures the island’s only two inhabitants to serve as his attendants: the monster Caliban and the spirit Ariel. There on the island, the four live in seclusion, never to encounter another human being.
However, when the magician divines that his enemies — including his own brother Antonio who stole the throne from him — are near, he calls forth his powers to shipwreck him and his crew, setting “The Tempest” in motion.
On stage at Oglethorpe’s Conant Performing Arts Center, “The Tempest” will run October 21, 22, 27-29. General admission is $20 for the public and free for Oglethorpe students, faculty and staff. For tickets, visit Eventbrite or call the Conant box office at 404-504-1074.
Oglethorpe University offers a unique minor in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies, which offers a detailed and in-depth exploration both of Shakespeare’s works and the Renaissance culture in which he lived and worked. Theatre students also have opportunities to work with metro Atlanta’s top professional theatre companies, including most recently Actor’s Express.